[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Not a whole lot has happened in the past few weeks. Had a mystery hawk on 10/30 that was likely just a Red-tailed Hawk. It was flying with another one, but wings looked longer and it flapped at wrists a few times. Very odd, but I had no glass to get a better look at it.
A juvenile Sharpie has visited the feeder a handful of times starting on the 31st, then every other day on 11/10-11/14. I would catch it sitting on the feeder and maybe chase after something in the small cedar and then come back.
I'm becoming more convinced that there should be two color morphs considered for Eastern Red-tailed Hawks; rufous and light. I keep seeing some very heavily rufous washed birds with darker markings on the top and bottom. Not sure how to research further to prove this, but it is on the project list.
I made a run out to Duck Lake on the 11th, mostly to check for gulls and see if I could manage a duck or grebe I might need. I found a rather unexpected Long-tailed Duck. Nobody else managed to see it in the past week, and I relocated it again yesterday the 19th....and again nobody saw it the next day. While out there I also managed to get a decent recording of a Common Loon calling..finally.
Also on the 19th we headed over to Albion again to get a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron that had been there since the 15th. Chaos was having none of trying to get over there during the week. Also the Limpkin is still hanging out there. So managed 3 very rare birds within a couple of hours.
I think I can get to 205 still this year at least. Just need White-winged Scoter that was reported out to Duck Lake today, and possibly Red-necked Grebe that were potentially out there. Then should be able to get Barred and Eastern Screech-Owls still. I always get to this time of the year though thinking I can still get plenty of birds, and then only end up with a couple new ones. It looks like, in December, I either get 7 FOY bird (3 times) when I don't get near 200, or I get 1 (3 times) or 2 FOY when I get over 200. I might spread out a bit since I am at 251 species overall this year, and my second best year is 253. So if I extend my travels I little I should be able to get 255-260.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)